PORT ARTHUR - Elandon Roberts, Port Arthur native and Super Bowl 51 champion with the Patriots, hosted a charity event Saturday to help raise money for the Elandon Roberts Foundation.
The goal was to educate the community on heart disease and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
It was hosted at the Memorial High School stadium and was the first for the foundation.
Raising awareness for heart disease is something that hits close to home for Roberts.
"Many people die each year because of this," Roberts says.
"When my aunt died, that's when it sank in and I wanted this foundation to remember her," he says.
The passing of his aunt Felicia Carrier- Christian was his inspiration in raising money for research and awareness of heart disease.
"By him losing his aunt, he really wanted to focus on awareness by spread his message around the community," says Carlicia Roberts, younger cousin of Elandon.
"He wants the community to be more healthy when it comes to heart awareness," She explains.
Along with a 5k walk, various schools made their way over to participate in a 7 on 7 games complete with celebrity coaches, like widely known Houston rapper Paul Wall.
"I'm here to spread awareness about his cause and inspire each other," Paul Wall says.
Learning from a heart problem that took the life of a loved one is what prompting Roberts to make a change in his hometown community of Port Arthur.
"I'm just humbly excited that all of you guys came out and supported this cause," Roberts says.
The Super Bowl champion says this is the first of many events.
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